ON ECONOMY AND DESIGN

In the 1960s, when many other artists went to Venice to rent studios after graduating from Chouinard, Peter Shire stayed in Echo Park, the winding, intricate neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles where he grew up. Along Echo Park Avenue, which connects his current home and studio, houses are close-set and yards, divided by cypress and lattice walls, are dense with Saguaro and fruit trees serving as scaffolding for hanging herbs, vegetables, and vining flowers. In a similar way, Shire’s studio is a series of open, gabled sheds and garages and built-out rooms with tools and sculpture secured to walls and suspended from beams. In the recesses, brightly colored, lacquered flat files store his sketchbooks and drawings—the beginnings of every three dimensional work and larger, fleshed out compositions diagraming his ideas about process, tools, and engineering….

OBELISK, VOLUME I, ISSUE 3

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